Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-14-2016

Abstract

In recent years, research on multiword lexical units has influenced second language acquisition research, but little work has been done on light verbs, especially comparing the use of light verbs in English and Brazilian Portuguese. This paper presents a comparative analysis of the syntactic and semantic aspects of dar and ‘give’ through the semantic continuum, event type, denominal verbs and incorporation. This study finds that distinct and varied semantic uses of light verbs present a unique challenge to second language learners in terms of both their understanding and their production. Furthermore, this study analyzes the semantic-syntactic interrelationships and suggests implications for teaching English and Portuguese light verbs to second language learners.

Comments

Original published version available at http://dx.doi.org/10.15448/2178-3640.2016.1.23491

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

First Page

26

Last Page

43

Publication Title

Brazilian English Language Teaching Journal

DOI

10.15448/2178-3640.2016.1.23491

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